Welcome to The Ministry Lab's curated list of resources to help congregational leaders encourage congregational engagement in the work of environmental sustainability. Here you'll find opportunities for:
If you don't find a resource to fit your need, don't hesitate to consult with The Ministry Lab's director, Rev. Emily Meyer, who is happy to assist you.
You can answer the call to strengthen your congregation and care for creation in ways that are inspiring, fulfilling, and accessible. Join One Home One Future, a multi-faith campaign to strengthen vitality, relevance, and community connection across generations in local congregations nationwide. Be part of a visible effort to invite creation care and climate action, no matter if you are just getting started or already engaging.
Waadookawaad Amikwag, which translates from Ojibwe into English as, "Those Who Help Beaver", is a group of determined and innovative Water Protectors who are making a difference! They are Indigenous Leaders, Professional Drone Pilots, and Certified Water Tester, Citizens Scientists, working in conjunction with environmental organizations, and their community members to protect clean water and manoomin (aka, wild rice). They are on the frontline gathering footage, data, and evidence of environmental damage and crimes. Then we investigate and finally advocate to state & federal agencies about the impacts to our wetlands and waterways.
Become a citizen/community scientist and support their work!
776 Foundation is a newer organization dedicated to financial and leadership support for marginalized individuals committed to climate action.
THIRD ACT — EXPERIENCED PEOPLE WORKING FOR A FAIR AND STABLE PLANET.
This! Is What We Did is driven by the following Mission Statement:
To help grow a movement strong enough to break the power of the fossil fuel industry and stimulate the effective, drastic action needed to spur climate justice and give future generations a chance for a decent life through
In particular, we see people 50 years and older as an untapped resource to fight climate change.
Find books, curricula, prayer, music, and worship elements (including a full sermon), and community organizations and businesses grouped to help congregations take next steps in antiracism work, creation care, and addressing intergenerational mental health and well-being in the WaterThreads - Woven Together: Water, Community, Well-Being. Available online and via requested download for member congregations - who should email: firstname.lastname@example.org - for access.
Recognizing the urgent need to address the intertwined crises of climate and inequality, the United Church of Christ Council for Climate Justice calls people of faith and their churches to an all-out mobilization of their gifts and resources. Here are 10 ways to respond.
This project walks with congregations as they learn about the realities of climate change, as they seek to be better stewards of the resources they have been given, and as they find their voice to speak to their public officials about common sense climate policy that will benefit the earth, people around the world who are poor and vulnerable, and future generations. Led by the Christian Reformed Church in North America, more than 20 denominations are represented.
Lutherans Restoring Creation is a grassroots group of advocates for climate justice in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Their website includes stories and ideas for advocacy, personal discipleship, and creation care for churches.
This ecumenical organization offers a variety of resources and ways you can put your faith into action for a safer climate. Check out their Cool Congregations program for churches using solar energy as well as their resources for worship and education.
Each year, Creation Justice Ministries publishes a compilation of liturgies, action ideas, Bible studies, informational articles, and more to mark Earth Day and/or Earth Day Sunday. Committed to “justice for God’s planet and people,” this organization has many opportunities for stewardship and action.
The UCC, UUA, EESI, and Interfaith Power & Light created this video, shared by Lutherans Restoring Creation, outlining congregations' access: Federal Funding Resources for Nonprofit and Houses of Worship Briefing.
Share your stories and connect with other congregations engaged with creation care via Lutherans Restoring Creation's interactive Map of Care for Creation Ministries. Learn about it, contribute to it, and find other exciting ideas here.
Still from FernGully: The Last Rainforest (1992).
This curriculum was created by Growing Green Hearts/Heidi Ferris, in conjunction with the Capitol Region Watershed District, area congregations, Luther Seminary, and The Ministry Lab.
Study & Worship for Progressive Churches: Creation (Donald Schmidt - Author). This all-in-one study and worship resource includes everything a congregation needs to enable children, youth, parents, and grandparents to share together in a five-week study of the biblical stories of creation.
Lutherans Restoring Creation offer this Congregational Covenant and Organizing Kit
Adapt it to any denominational affiliation by substituting comparable denominational statements or calls to action in appropriate places. Tools for organizing across committee and governance structures are universal.
Still from FernGully: The Last Rainforest (1992).
Reconciling relationships with nature: In a video released by United Methodist Global Ministries, Rev. Tyler Sit, an EarthKeeper who serves New City Church in Minneapolis, shares the importance of connecting with the Earth and how leading a program that provides nature-based therapy in support of people of color is impacting his community. Watch video
The Office of Social Justice and Faith Formation Ministries offer this resource to address God's call to care for creation. Ten Ways to Care for Creation includes ideas such as starting an intergenerational gardening project, holding a storytelling series, and much more!
Download this free resource or order printed copies for a small fee at FaithAliveResources.org.
a suite of Grades 3-12 curriculum resources
Moving Forward: A Guide to Climate Action For Your Congregation and Community that will provide people of faith with the ideas and resources to act.
At White Earth Tribal and Community College, in Mahnomen, a paid solar-worker certification program is preparing students of all ages to install solar arrays. Across the reservation in Osage, 8th Fire Solar is constructing solar thermal panels—basically a sun-powered furnace system—that help people cut emissions and lower winter heating bills.
Global Ministries EarthKeepers is a training program that equips US-based United Methodists to launch and grow environmental projects in their communities. Topics include eco-theology, anti-racism, community organizing, and project planning. All participants plan a project during the training. Find out more and apply.
ecoAmerica expands climate leadership beyond traditional environmental circles. They are building a diverse network of major institutions and thought leaders in five sectors — faith, health, communities, higher education, and business — who have the power to inspire tens of millions of Americans on climate change, in counties and communities nationwide including the heartland. Watch this video to learn more about their programs and hear leaders speak.
What can stories of witches tell us about solving the plastics problem?
Amy Westervelt, Founder of the Critical Frequency podcast network.
PHOTO BY ISABELLA REYES-KLEIN
A new podcast explores the rights of nature movement and its potential to shift Western legal doctrine around environmental protection.
How Europe's Right to Repair Reduces Waste by Klaus Sieg
Reparations, debt cancellation, and climate justice are all regular features in climate solutions—but what do they mean in practice?
Yes! Magazine; By Anita Bhadani
The podcast explores the rights of nature movement and its potential to shift Western legal doctrine around environmental protection.
Water Legacy: Protecting Minnesota’s Life-Giving Waters
Protecting Minnesota’s waters and communities that rely on them, particularly from the proposed PolyMet/Glencore sulfide mine and attempted water quality standard rollbacks.
Find out how individuals and communities can live into their responsibilities as Treaty Peoples to support the years-long efforts of Water Protectors to Stop Line 3.
Nuns & Nones: Together with religious communities and movement partners, we create new land transitions rooted in ecological and racial healing.
offers diverse and changing opportunities to engage in the work of climate care and natural disaster relief locally, nationally and globally.
The MN Center for Environmental Advocacy offers numerous opportunities to engage - both long-range (like their Youth Climate Intervenors) and extremely current Action Alerts. See here for more options.
Develop your own excursion or work with Heidi@growinggreenhearts.com.
Interfaith Power & Light offers a themed organizer’s kit for Faith Climate Action Week every year to support your efforts around Earth Day to engage your congregation in caring for Creation.
Hear Matthew Fox in conversation with Alex and Allyson Grey, of the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, on "Easter, Christ, and Creation Spirituality."